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Henley Meadows
Henley on Thames
Henley Riverside

Marlow & Henley

Also Includes

Bourne End and Medmenham

Postcode Areas Covered

RG9, SL7 and SL8

Our Summary

Our rating of Marlow & Henley

Marlow and Henley-on-Thames are the epitome of English riverside towns. They are set in the heart of the beautiful Chiltern countryside, and have the added bonus of the most famous river in England running through them. The only drawback would be the amount of visitors to the towns at weekends and holidays.

General Description

Marlow and Henley-on-Thames are riverside towns to the west of London. The proximity of both the M40 London - Birmingham motorway and the M4 London - South Wales motorway, make the towns popular with commuters. The villages surrounding Marlow and Henley are charming and tranquil and contain some very attractive properties.

Marlow is a lively, pretty town in Buckinghamshire, popular with residents and tourists alike. During the Middle Ages, Marlow was surrounded by monastic foundations including a Cistercian Abbey at Medmenham, a Benedictine nunnery in Little Marlow and a house of the Knights Templar at Bisham. In the 12th Century, the Knights Templar helped to build the first bridge over the river Thames in Marlow. The wooden bridge was replaced by the current suspension bridge in 1832. The same engineer was invited to build a similar bridge over the Danube in Budapest, and there are plaques on both bridges celebrating the link between them. The buildings in the High Street date from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries and although the shop fronts have been superimposed on them, they still provide ample charm to the town. Marlow saw a period of rapid growth in the 20th century when commuters discovered the delights of the area. Many businesses have opened offices here and there has been a great deal of building development; however this has not managed to detract from the general charm of the town.

Heading south west out of Marlow is the village of Medmenham. It is an affluent village that is popular with executives who work in London and nearby towns of High Wycombe and Maidenhead. The village has some old timber framed brick and flint cottages and some estate workers cottages which were built from local chalk rock at the beginning of the 20th century.

Henley-on-Thames (usually abbreviated to Henley) is an active market town in Oxfordshire. It is a picturesque and rural town which attracts many affluent residents. The town dates back to the 12th century when it started life as a river crossing and port for the supply of timber and grain along the river to London. More than 300 buildings in Henley are designated of special architectural interest and the 5 arched bridge over the Thames dates back to 1786. The main street has many Georgian frontages built onto much older buildings and is the shopping thoroughfare for the town. The town is best known for the Royal Regatta which has been held every July since 1839. It is a major international event with over 500 rowing crews taking part from all over the world. As well as a sporting event, the Regatta is one of the highlights of the English social calendar, and many people go to Henley Regatta for the picnics and Pimms rather than the rowing. Henley also has a Festival of Music and the Arts which takes place the week after the Regatta. Brakspears Brewery has been in business in Henley for over 200 years and is the last of the number of small breweries that used to exist in the town. It still brews its own beer from water drawn from a 200 foot well.

Just over the county border into Buckinghamshire, is the village of Bourne End. The name means 'end of the stream' and is where the Wye flows into the Thames. Bourne End nestles neatly between the river and the Chilterns and was once a riverside resort that attracted tourists, but became more of an urbanised area during the 20th century. As more people realised they could live in the beautiful surroundings of the Chiltern countryside and still commute into London, Bourne End's popularity increased.

Travel Times

From Marlow to... By Car By Train/Tube
Central London 34 miles, 50 mins 50 mins (2 changes)
Heathrow Airport 21 miles, 25 mins 80 mins (2 changes)
Gatwick Airport 56 miles, 55 mins 135 mins (2 changes)
Reading 23 miles, 30 mins 45 mins (1 change)
From Henley to... By Car By Train/Tube
Central London 37 miles, 55 mins 50 mins (2 changes)
Heathrow Airport 22 miles, 25 mins 85 mins (2 changes)
Gatwick Airport 57 miles, 70 mins 110 mins (2 changes)
Reading 8 miles, 20 mins 25 mins (1 change)

The journey times detailed above By Car are for driving during off-peak times. The By Train / Tube travel is for the fastest journey that you will get at peak-times during the week.

Types of Housing and Pricing

Marlow has grown outwards from the High Street and many of the properties around the High Street date back to Georgian times. The west side of town has better quality housing with larger gardens. On the east side and going northwards there are newer terraced houses on small estates. Property down by the river tends to be large detached houses, some with river frontage and mooring space, which cost considerably more.

Inexpensive housing is hard to find in Henley, even though there is a mixture of properties available, from detached riverside houses to small apartments overlooking the river. Due to the exclusivity of the town, all properties command premium prices.

Bourne End also has its share of large, detached properties, particularly on the outskirts of the town and along tributaries to the Thames. You will also find a variety of more affordable housing is available closer to the town centre.

Marlow & Henley
  To Purchase To Rent
1 bed £230,000 - £440,000 £820 - £1250 per month
2 bed £270,000 - £525,000 £950 - £2500 per month
3-4 bed £400,000 - £1,600,000 £1350 - £4500 per month
5+ bed £750,000 - £2,000,000+ £4500+ per month

The above data represents an average range of property prices in the area. We have excluded extremes of pricing from our data set.


Education in the UK is compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 16. Many state-funded schools offer a nursery class from age 4 and independent nursery from as young as 6 months. There is also a choice of both state and independent schools that offer higher education to age 18.

The Local Authority (LA) for Marlow is Buckinghamshire and it is responsible for state-funded schools, including their admissions.

Buckinghamshire is a popular location for families with school-age children as it is one of only a few remaining LA’s that uses a selective system for comprehensive, state school education. As such there are fewer independent schools in the area. There are no independent schools in Marlow and High Wycombe is the nearest town with independent schools.

The Local Authority (LA) for Henley is Oxfordshire and it is responsible for state-funded schools, including their admissions.

There is a selection of both state and independent schools in Henley. One of the two campuses of Henley Business School, part of the University of Reading, is situated north of the town centre.

To view a map showing schools in the local area, please click the button below. Each school on the map can be clicked to show further information, including OFSTED ratings, exam results, age ranges and number of pupils.

Schools Map


  • Primary
  • Ranked in Top 10%
  • Requires Improvement
  • Secondary
  • Oustanding
  • Inadequate
  • Primary and Secondary
  • Good
  • Independent School

We can help you to get round the nuances of the British schooling system with our school search services. We offer a range of programmes, from basic consultancy with one of our education specialists, to detailed reporting on every suitable school for your child or children, through to fully accompanied school inspections where we take you to see your top school choices.

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Local Authority, Taxation and Crime Rates

Wycombe District Council is the administrative authority responsible for Marlow. They levy an annual charge known as ‘Council Tax’ for local services such as waste collection, street lighting, police and fire services. You should expect to pay Council Tax whether you are renting or buying.

South Oxfordshire District Council is the administrative authority responsible for Henley. They levy an annual charge known as ‘Council Tax’ for local services such as waste collection, street lighting, police and fire services. You should expect to pay Council Tax whether you are renting or buying.

The police authority for the area is Thames Valley. For non-emergency calls to the police, phone 101.

Your local Member of Parliament (MP) is elected by their local constituents to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons.

A good source of information for crime rates in the area is ‘Illustreets’. The website has a great interactive map which provides detailed local statistics, including standards of living.


Marlow High Street is a busy thoroughfare lined with shops, restaurants and a few bars. There is a good variety of retailers including some local branches of the high street chain stores, antique shops, independent retailers and boutiques. There's a supermarket at the end of the high street, a very good portrait photographer and a ceramics painting studio.

Henley has also got a wide variety of retail outlets including exclusive boutiques, gift shops and local tradespeople. There is also a good selection of restaurants and bars, and these are quite busy in the evenings and at weekends. Obviously, the town is much busier during Regatta week.

Bourne End has enough shops to supply everyday requirements but for anything more you will need to go to High Wycombe or Maidenhead.

There are five main supermarkets chains in the UK: Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose. However, they now face competition from other brands such as Aldi, Lidl, The Co-Op and Marks & Spencer. Most offer on-line shopping facilities as well as Ocado, which is the only completely online grocery retailer in the UK, that offers Waitrose quality produce.

Waitrose and Marks and Spencer offer higher quality produce with prices reflecting this. Sainsbury’s and Tesco offer good value for money for a weekly family shop and Asda, Morrisons and The Co-Op are competitively priced with a larger range of budget everyday items. Aldi and Lidl are German brands that stock produce typical to the UK. They are often referred to as discount stores and offer fewer products.

As part of our Home Search Programme, we will orientate you around your target areas and show you where the nearest shopping centres and supermarkets are.

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Leisure Facilities

Court Garden Leisure Complex has a 15m indoor swimming pool, sports hall, dance studio, health and fitness studio and squash and tennis courts. It also has a crèche.

Bisham Abbey has been a national sports centre for over fifty years. The Abbey building is over 800 years old and is a training centre for some of the country's top sports men and women, including the England football team. Apart from the excellent sports facilities, there are extensive conference suites, purpose built accommodation facilities, catering and function facilities. Several of the country's sporting governing bodies have onsite offices here.

Henley Leisure Centre has a 25m indoor swimming pool, gym, dance studio, badminton hall, squash courts and facilities for 5-a-side football, table tennis, basketball and netball.

Badgemore Park Golf Club is an 18 hole mature parkland course with easy walking.

Henley Golf Club is an 18 hole undulating parkland course with adjoining woodlands.

Harleyford Golf Club is a challenging course with stunning views across the Thames Valley.

The Regal Cinema, Henley is an independent cinema which has three screens, shows the latest releases and has a special time for viewing with your baby.

There is a multi-screen Odeon cinema at Maidenhead and Empire and Cineworld cinemas at High Wycombe that show all the latest releases.

Local Attractions

Marlow Regatta - a major rowing festival and social occasion which takes place in June, two weeks before Henley Royal Regatta. It is a one day event and is accompanied by a fair and a fireworks display.

Henley Royal Regatta - a five day competitive rowing event and social occasion which takes place during the first week of July every year.

Odds Farm Rare Breeds Park - created to combine a fun day out with the conservation of rare breeds.

Cliveden House - a National Trust country house which is now a hotel, with beautiful grounds that lead down to the River Thames. Click on the name which will take you to the main National Trust website, then click on places to visit and enter Cliveden in the search box.

Stonor Park - a privately owned, mainly Tudor House and grounds, with an ancient stone circle in the grounds.

Fawley Court - originally a 12th century manor house, it was rebuilt in the 1680's. It is now owned and run as a guest house by the religious order of the Marian Fathers. There is a splendid museum of Polish history in the house.

The Henley River and Rowing Museum - dedicated to the River Thames, the sport of rowing and the town of Henley. The museum has won awards for its architectural design and innovative galleries.

The River Thames - a fascinating source of entertainment. You can walk along the ancient Thames Path, hire a boat for a few hours, or watch the age old ritual of swan upping.

Henley Festival - a boutique cultural experience which takes place over five days and celebrates the best of international and UK music, art, food and comedy.

Rewind Festival - an 80’s music event held over 3 days normally in August.